Sunday, December 23, 2007

 

Quote without context

A Danish tourist, also tripping on ’shrooms, recently took his car on a magical joy ride through a campground, narrowly missing people asleep in their tents. Though, to be fair, have you ever talked to a Danish tourist? They’re ten kinds of crazy before they even go near the produce section….

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

 

ad omnia paratus



A castrated lion – the perfect symbol for European defence policy.





Apparently the Swedes asked for this unkindest cut of all. Some of their soldiers said they could not identify with such a symbol on their army crest, so it was changed.

Incidentally, the new symbol, in heraldic tradition, was reserved for traitors...

The thing is, these soldiers will be generally be sent into some 3rd world hell hole, the kind of place where this kind of symbolism is deeply ingrained.

It will get people killed. The idiots.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

 

Idiots. Utter, unbelievable, jaw-dropping, unpardonable idiots. It is beyond farce, past comprehension, criminally irresponsible and beneath contempt.

Idiots. Utter, unbelievable, jaw-dropping, unpardonable idiots. It is beyond farce, past comprehension, criminally irresponsible and beneath contempt.

Way to go Alice Miles, personally I was speechless after first hearing that the bunch of incompetents known collectively as the UK government had managed to lose an entire dump of the Child Benefits system, on DVDs, in the mail.

So many questions. Why an entire dump? Why was this on DVDs? Why was this sent through the ordinary mail? How come idiots like this are even allowed through the front gates, never mind given employment in such offices?

The sheer volume of data. Why do they keep records that are no longer extant? Why are records from other systems included?

They are currently claiming that the file is password protected. I would suggest the password, if it actually exists, (because I think that is just a downright lie,) is probably written on a post-it along with the disks. Yet, lets be charitable and look at the evidence: a dump to a CSV file, covering two DVDs, with a password protecting the file. Strongly suggests a spanning zip file. Yeah, like a password is any protection there!

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Friday, November 16, 2007

 

Theory of Everything found

Garrett Lisi appears to have found the "Theory of Everything". Apparently he initially noticed that some descriptions in E8 corresponded with his own work on fundamental particles.

I like it because it is so simple, and predicts 20 new particles.

That it predicts things is just so sweet, means it can be tested.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

 

Danish Election

3.4 million have voted. That's just about everyone who is allowed to vote I guess; 87%.

Winner is the dream team of Anders Rip Rap Rassmusen, Pia K (she's so hot), Bent Bensen (oh, wouldn't he have been teased at school), Nassar Karder (token foreigner). Or is that nightmare...

It would appear Rassmusens grouping has 90 seats as against the oppositions Helle Thorning-Schmidts group with 81. If Rassmussen needs both the Danish People's party of Pia K, and counter side of the see-saw, the New Alliance of Naser Khader, this next parliament should be quite fun to watch: in trying to achieve stability it will be unstable.

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Friday, November 09, 2007

 

What ah mistake ah to make ah

Instead of a man dressed in a gorilla suit, the 16-year-old boy got a stripper dressed as a policewoman.

Oops.

Apparently it was a 'booking error'.

What I want to know is: where's the video on YouTube?

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

 

New Orchids

It seems lots of new and old orchids are making their presence known. Mine are throwing up new flowers, and some haven't stopped flowering at all this year and are starting to throw new spikes up. Result!

Young's Helleborine, or Epipactis Youngiana has been discovered on an old coal tip.

Encyclia kingsii found on Grand Cayman, when it is only supposed to live on Little Cayman.

Sikhim, a landlocked state in the north east of India, has many beautiful orchids. Sikkim state government has recently been in talks with the Orchid Growers’ Society of Thailand towards a memorandum of understanding to help develop its floriculture industry. If it increases the biodiversity of the supermarket orchids it must be a good thing, as everyone appears to think Phalænopsis is the only orchid...

Aerides crispum, Satyrium nepalense, Oberonia brunoniana blooms are having a very good year in Avalanchee Reserve Forest in the Nilgris, Tamil Nadu.

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Monday, November 05, 2007

 

Bella, horrida bella, et Thybrim multo spumantem sanguine cerno.

Non Simois tibi nec Xanthus nec Dorica castra
defuerint; alius Latio iam partus Achilles,
natus et ipse dea; nec Teucris addita Iuno
usquam aberit, cum tu supplex in rebus egenis
quas gentis Italum aut quas non oraveris urbes!

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